Recently I have been thinking more and more about journaling. Journaling can start with simple things such as three things that made you happy that day, or even things you are grateful for. Journaling is a great way to create some reflection time for both your personal and professional life.
I do have a journal but I haven’t been the best at using it. So now, I am going to make more of a conscious effort to do so. In a bid to make sure I utilise this reflection time, I’ve been noting down things which made me happy these past few weeks. I’m going to be doing this more regularly and I hope you’ll share some of yours in the comments below!
- Dark evenings with blankets and warm drinks – coming to close as winter retreats and to make way for Spring, I’ve been making the most of the dark evenings under warm blankets. The cosiness of warm blankets & warm drinks are always one of my favourite things about winter. Include a good book and you’re well on your way to a lovely winters’ eve.
- The greeting I got from my dogs after being away for 1 week – I’ve recently had a sneaky getaway for some winter sun with one of my best friends. Thankfully, Zoë is South African born & bred which meant I got a free tour guide for the week! We spent our time split between Cape Town & Franschhoek which was incredible and busy. Coming back to little ol’ England was a shock when it was so cold, but the excitement of my three dogs (Marnie included) really was the warmth I needed. It made my heart melt to see her wiggle and just want to cuddle!
- Marnie snuggles – Obviously, having spent some time away, Marnie has been glued to me even more than usual. I love how cuddly my little girl is and when I’ve had a rubbish day, she really does make it all disappear. For those who have had dogs (or cats!) before children or those who do not have children but furbabies, then you’ll totally understand that they really are your first love. I’m not sure where I would be without her.
- My partner starting his own venture – Jason has finally taken the leap to start his own venture. I am so unbelievably proud of him and the work he has put into this idea. With this being a start-up, there is pressure, highs and lows but Jason has come so far in such a short space of time that I have a good feeling of how things will turn out for him! Watch this space for future information!
- Frost & Sunshine on walks – With winter beginning to break, we’ve been treated to some absolutely stunning scenes on dog walks. I’m lucky enough to live in the Surrey countryside but also have the Hampshire & West Sussex views on my doorstep. My favourite days in autumn and winter are those with bright blue skies, crisp cold air and frost on the ground. The ones where your nose and cheeks get a little pink but you’re cosy in your large scarf and hat. There is something so magical about the countryside at this time of year don’t you think?
- Inspiration for my TBR from other readers – The age old thing about being a book lover is that your tbr (to be read) list is forever growing. I have had to give so many books away of late to make room for more. Bookstagram and its community have been invaluable in widening my knowledge on authors and books. Each time I add a new one to the pile, I swear I hear the older books sigh with disappointment. I have added some really exciting new books to my collection that I cannot wait to share with you.
- Making jelly with the littles – On Saturday morning this most recent week, Ottilie and I spent some time making jelly. With excitable yells of ‘Raspberry jelly! Raspberry jelly!’ and squeals of joy as she pulls apart the gelatin blocks to drop them into the jug, this 15 minutes was oh, so cute.
- Spring flowers – Spring has finally sprung! Well almost. Now that the frost has cleared and the sun is bringing some of that much missed warmth, the spring flowers are beginning to bloom. I love the English countryside in Spring. Everything seems to come alive after the hibernation of winter. Oh how I have missed being able to walk by fields in dresses, cardigans and trainers. Not a piece of mud in sight!
- Independent bookshops – Lately I’ve noticed a number of little independent bookshops popping up in and around my area. There is a lovely one in Farnham which has a gorgeous little café inside and a new one opening in Alton. All bookstores are amazing, however, those little independent shops with their quirks and unique feel really are the bread and butter of what us bookish types love.
- The bookstagram community – Obviously, I couldn’t write this post without mentioning the bookstagram community. I am still relatively new to the bookstagram world but I have never met a community so unbelievably welcoming and inclusive. I cannot thank my fellow book lovers enough for being so supportive and kind towards me. If you’re not part of the bookstagram community, then you are absolutely missing out! I recommend following at least a few book accounts to really get involved with it. You’ll soon see why I love it so much.
And there you have it. My top 10 things which have made me happy.
What have been yours?